play·​ful | \ ˈplā-fəl How to pronounce playful (audio) \

Definition of playful

1 : full of play : frolicsome, sportive a playful kitten

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Other Words from playful

playfully \ ˈplā-​fə-​lē How to pronounce playfully (audio) \ adverb
playfulness noun

Examples of playful in a Sentence

She's an old dog, but she's still very playful. He had a playful expression on his face. a playful tone of voice You're certainly in a playful mood! She gave him a light playful slap on the knee.
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Recent Examples on the Web The patterns range from solids to playful and fun, and are available in kids and adult sizes. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "15 retailers selling stylish face masks—and if they’re actually good," 12 May 2020 With petite, plus, tall and maternity collections, Infinitely Loft embraces a range of playful and professional styles for subscribers of all sizes. Elizabeth Wolfe, NBC News, "Clothing subscription boxes and sustainability: What to know," 11 May 2020 Olive lives in a foster home where her foster parents notice Olive enjoys hiding around corners to be sneaky and playful. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Juliann and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 1 May 2020 The latest round of the couple's notorious (and, importantly, playful and all-in-good-fun) online barbs came on Sunday, when Blake shared a picture of Ryan's quarantine hair on her Instagram Story. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ryan Reynolds Trolled Blake Lively for Her Birth Control "Not Working" When His Daughters Did His Hair," 26 Apr. 2020 The brand is best known for its romantic and playful esthetic and use of high-quality fabrics. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All the Ways You Can Support Small Fashion and Beauty Businesses During the Coronavirus Crisis," 22 Apr. 2020 While the original Palette was designed to look playful and ephemeral, with a bohemian mosaic of carpets decorating the floor, the future Palette will skew darker and cleaner. Janelle Bitker,, "Coronavirus prevents artsy San Francisco restaurant Palette from expanding," 21 Apr. 2020 There’s no need to be live, and, like other social media apps, the bells and whistles of filters, funny voices, text, and drawing tools keeps things playful. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "This Video Messaging App Lets You Stay Connected Even If Schedules Don’t Match Up," 2 Apr. 2020 One of the menu’s more brow-raising offerings, the Fish Head is a playful but delicious tribute to the animal that gives the restaurant its name. Eric Velasco, al, "See all the changes at Hot & Hot Fish Club’s new location," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of playful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playful was in the 13th century

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Playful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce playful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of playful

: happy and full of energy : eager to play
: showing that you are having fun and not being serious


play·​ful | \ ˈplā-fəl How to pronounce playful (audio) \

Kids Definition of playful

1 : full of energy and a desire for fun a playful kitten
2 : not serious : humorous a playful mood

Other Words from playful

playfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
playfulness noun

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